The rough, craggy surface of a stone trough provides beautiful texture on your deck or patio. The problem is that these gorgeous planters can be hard to find, expensive and very heavy. Instead of blowing your budget and your back, make a hypertufa trough like the one above. It gives you the same gorgeous look, weighs less and is a fraction of the cost. You can get all the materials in the list (right) from the local hardware store. Follow along with the steps to make this 14-inch-square-by- 6-inch-tall traditional trough. Then turn the page to see how to finish it off and find a few twists on hypertufa containers.
For this trough, use 20 cups of each ingredient.